Beloved Kamloops Greek restaurant set to re-open in new space
Many patrons to a Kamloops Greek restaurant were disappointed to hear they had sold their space and were closing.
However, it's not the end of the road for The Greek Kouzina, according to owner Andreas Mougholias.
"We wanted to change up the business model," Mougholias said. "Our plan now is to look for a different location that has a little bit of a diner."
The sale of their space had nothing to do with COVID-19 he said, and had actually been in the works for awhile.
The Greek Kouzina announced they had sold their space and were closing their doors at the end of August, to the disappointment of their patrons.
"We received quite a few emails and messages through Facebook, asking us what happened," he said. "Essentially we wanted to extend, but the only way we could do that was by selling our current space in order to get into a new one. That way we can offer dine in, we can offer pick-up and we can offer delivery through one of our online partners."
He hopes to add four to six tables for dine-in, something that wasn't possible in their original location on Summit Drive in Sahali. However, he said they won't be going far.
"We are going to stay up in the Sahali-Aberdeen area," he said. "The people of Kamloops, especially in those areas, have been amazing to us over the past two and a half years."
Mougholias is aiming to re-open The Greek Kouzina in a new location this spring. Before the pandemic, he had planned to spend a month in Greece learning new recipes for the restaurant, but hopes to still make the trip in the new year.
He said he will consult with some restaurateurs in Greece and bring some authentic, traditional recipes back for the people of Kamloops.
The Greek Kouzina's old space is now owned by Amy Choi and Uthai Kim, who will celebrate the official grand-opening of their new restaurant Jay's Sushi and Tempura House Oct. 1.
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